16 Feb '18, 7pm

Ethiopia declares state of emergency after prime minister quits

ADDIS ABABA (BLOOMBERG) - Ethiopia declared a state of emergency, a day after Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn resigned following months of protests by opponents of his government. The decision was announced by the Council of Ministers on Friday (Feb 16), after it convened a meeting to discuss "safeguards to protect the constitution" amid insecurity in various parts of the country, according to a statement published on the state-owned Ethiopian Broadcasting Corp's website. The declaration cited Article 93 of the constitution, which grants the council "the power to decree a state of emergency, should an external invasion, a breakdown of law and order which endangers the constitutional order and which cannot be controlled by the regular law enforcement agencies and personnel, a natural disaster, or an epidemic occur." The ruling Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic...

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